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Latest macOS 10.14 Mojave freezing 1-2 seconds every few minutes (except mouse and sound) and then continues? - Ask Different
(There isn’t much in the way of replies here, but at least it’s not just you.)

“Since a week or two I am experiencing a very strange problem on my Macbook Pro running macOS 10.14 Mojave. I have all the latest updates installed (currently no new updates available).

“No matter what I’m doing, typing something in a browser or text editor or other application, watching a video on youtube or in VLC, every few minutes the whole system become non-responsive for like 1 or 2 seconds.

“No response to keyboard activity, video playback stops, mouse clicks don’t work. However if any sound is playing, that keeps on playing normally. And the mouse pointer still moves. When I was typing something, the letters don’t appear, but after 1-2 sec when the system continues, the letters still appear as if they were cached somehow.

“So when I’m watching a video (either streaming or just a local video file with VLC) the screen will suddenly stop i.e. the video picture appears ‘frozen’, but the sound continues. Then 1-2 sec later the video continues normally.”
mojave  mac  osx  macos  hang  2019  apple  stackexchange 
12 days ago by handcoding
Does this Dewalt corded drill have multi-speeds? - Home Improvement Stack Exchange
“If you see the letters VSR in a description for a drill, that means it is variable speed. More to the point VSR stands for:

“• Variable
“• Speed
“• Reversable
“which means the drill/tool can run from 0 RPM to the max RPM for the drill/tool in forward and reverse.”
drills  homeimprovement  diy  stackexchange  2012 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
possessives - "My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner" - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
(This is a pretty definitive answer to how grouped possessives are formed in English—namely “my wife’s and my XYZ” rather than “my wife and I’s XYZ.”)

“Both approaches are linguistically sound, but only one is accepted as a standard; namely, ‘my wife’s and my’. Standard forms are chosen somewhat arbitrarily. This means that they don’t have some sort of objective ‘correctness’; it also means that you can’t argue for the correctness of a non-standard form based on logic. There are many logical ways to convey ideas, and one was chosen to be the standard. If you wish to communicate in a context where adherence to formal/standard rules is beneficial, then you should choose the standard form.”
possessive  english  stackexchange  2011  canonical 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
british english - Using "them" instead of "those" - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
This is that neat thread on the “them people” construction. (It turns out that that usage has been around since at least 1803, if not earlier.)
them  people  english  stackexchange  2014 
june 2019 by handcoding
Best webcam to use with Skype and a Mac mini? - Ask Different
(It looks like cameras that support UVC can work on macOS?)
“Most modern USB webcams support a generic interface called UVC (Universal Video Class). OSX supports most UVC drivers out-of-the-box (true for me in Snow Leopard) so sometimes there aren’t even any third-party drivers to install. (In fact, most third-party webcam ‘drivers’ only install useless add-ons that bloat your system.)

“Logitech is very good at providing compliant UVC devices, so they’re a good starting point.”
uvc  2011  stackexchange  mac  macos  podcasting  osx 
march 2019 by handcoding
How to enable faster WiFi Roaming with Mac OS X & Airport base stations - Ask Different
On telling macOS to automatically join the strongest WiFi network:
“You can change the system preferences for JoinMode and JoinModeFallback to be the following:”
mac  macos  osx  wifi  stackexchange  2019  joinmode  joinmodefallback 
february 2019 by handcoding
OSX Sierra - WindowServer process hangs, high CPU, whole OS freezes - Ask Different
“Wow I accidentally debugged this myself.

“It seems after all that my problem was actually a side effect caused by the real issue which was: macOS Sierra changed how it handled defaults write NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat -int 0, it no longer supported a zero value, and I had it changed to zero in Yosemite or El Capitan to make the cursor advance faster. To reset it back to normal parameters I changed the keyboard typing delays in the System Preferences > Keyboard back to fastest (both sliders were dragged to the left side).”
mac  osx  windowserver  2018  stackexchange  cpu  keyboard  repeat 
june 2018 by handcoding
ms office - Always show text cursor while moving it in Word - Ask Different
“The text cursor, or caret, is normally in the visible form in applications at the start of its display cycle. It then goes to the flashing sequence once you stop moving it with arrow keys or typing. However, in Word 2011 I’m constantly frustrated because the cursor disappears, or defaults to the invisible state of the flashing sequence, while I’m typing or moving it. This makes it painfully difficult to edit text without using the mouse. As I write this post and keep going back to word I’m noticing that it seems erratic as to what behavior it’s acting. I think that it stays in whichever state it was last in, which 50% of the time is invisible.

“I’ve since changed the blink rate to 200ms via changing the default in Word’s plist file. This helps a little in my frustration, but the behavior really needs fixed.”
word  cursor  2014  stackexchange 
may 2018 by handcoding
macos - How to fix / Reset App Store app on Mac OSX - El Capitan - Ask Different
"After hours of trying different ways of re-installing an app from the App Store (deleting the app in Launchpad, enabling app store debug menu and resetting application, rebooting, etc) the only thing that worked for me was deleting the following folders and rebooting:

macappstore  stackexchange  2018  software  mac  osx  macos 
february 2018 by handcoding
css - Is there a way to set the *default* monospace font in Safari? - Ask Different
This post (from 2013) goes over some "defaults write” commands to change Safari’s default monospaced font.
safari  defaults  stackexchange  2013  monospaced  fonts 
february 2018 by handcoding
Does a bathroom exhaust fan have to vent to the outside? - Home Improvement Stack Exchange
"So, it is required by code in virtually all jurisdictions that ventilation fans terminate in a vent cap on the outside of the building. There should be no leaks in the vent line that could allow the humid air to escape into an interior space. Bringing the vent to an existing attic vent isn't enough, because the air can still mix before it leaves the space and form condensation. You must either seal the vent line to that roof vent (which would also require you to have enough roof vents that the attic can still ‘breathe' with the loss of the one you sealed up), or cut a new hole through the roof for a new vent cap."
venting  fan  bathroom  stackexchange  2012  house 
october 2017 by handcoding
macos - Using terminal to get current fan speed? - Ask Different
(This post offers some options for getting the system fan speed from the Terminal.)
"You can use smc to get fan speed information via"
mac  terminal  shell  2014  stackexchange  fans 
september 2017 by handcoding
ui - How to quit without saving using just the keyboard? - Ask Different
"The standard shortcut for "Don't Save" in the dialog you mention is command ⌘+Delete. The old shortcut, command ⌘+D, can be restored by issuing the following command in Terminal:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSSavePanelStandardDesktopShortcutOnly -bool YES"
mac  keyboard  shortcuts  2014  dontsave  save  terminal  she’ll  stackexchange 
august 2017 by handcoding
music - iTunes: Move files off a network drive - Ask Different
This answer may well have the canonical steps for migrating one's iTunes library.

In short:
• In iTunes → Preferences → Advanced
- Make sure “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” is unchecked.
- Make sure "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" is unchecked.
- Make sure “Share iTunes Library XML” is checked.
• Quit iTunes.
• Go to ~/Music/iTunes/
• Delete "iTunes Library.itl”
• Locate "iTunes Library.xml" and/or "iTunes Music Library.xml". Then delete whichever file is older.
• Edit the remaining XML file with a text editor (like TextMate).
• Make a copy of that XML file and rename that copy to whichever XML file you just deleted.
• Use this Terminal command to create a dummy (0-byte) version of "iTunes Library.itl":
touch ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Library.itl
• Lastly, start iTunes normally. It may chug for a while, but that’s okay.

(Note to self: You also created a Word version of these directions:
~/Dropbox (Personal)/Dallas 2017/Word Processing/iTunes Media Library migration - steps from Stack Exchange.docx)
itunes  migration  2014  music  mac  osx  macos  software  canonical  stackexchange 
august 2017 by handcoding
software recommendation - Best app to switch between all open windows - Ask Different
(This question was originally posted in 2010, but there have been a number of recommendations in the comments since then.)
"After 4 years of being a Mac user, there is only one thing that I still miss from the Windows world, and that is being able to switch with a single keystroke between all open windows in the computer.

"What is the best app or utility, free or not, for accomplishing that?"
stackexchange  software  mac  osx  macos  2010  recommendations 
july 2017 by handcoding
macos - Disabling startup items that run on their own - Ask Different
“While in the past it was easy to look in the aforementioned folders for startup launch information (per Dan), this new sandboxed model, while theoretically safer operationally, hides the an app's (or Trojan's?) startup capability from all normal users and most superusers who know to look in the system directories. Finding these hidden Login Items now has become a PITA (pain in the app) with either grep'ing your way through the Applications folder or manually open app bundles looking in /Contents/Library/ for a "LoginItems" folder and it's contents.

"For the user level solution, I did find a tool that lists the app bundle embedded Login Items called CleanMyMac (can deactivate or activate them."
mac  login  startup  cpu  2014  stackexchange 
july 2017 by handcoding
Using Spotlight to play iTunes songs causes another song to play after resuming from pause - Ask Different
(On preventing iTunes from playing some random track when the current track fails:)
"The solution is quite simple. Quit iTunes before you start using Spotlight to control it. Then it won't have anything else it was playing before to go back to."
itunes  mac  macos  spotlight  stackexchange  2010 
may 2017 by handcoding
usage - You yourself - double pronoun - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
"1.) You have made [it] up yourself.

"2.) You have made up [the illusory world in which you move] yourself.

"3.) You yourself have made up [the illusory world in which you move].
Your versions #1 and #3 are demonstrating the emphatic use of a reflexive pronoun ("yourself") -- which is part of standard English."
yourself  language  you  pronouns  emphasis  stackexchange  2014 
january 2017 by handcoding
macos - How to turn off all animations on OS X - Ask Different
(Some of these look a bit promising:)
"I have only enabled the first four of these, but here are all hidden preferences for disabling animations I have found."
mac  osx  prefs  animation  stackexchange  2014 
december 2016 by handcoding
big list - Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends - TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange
"If you were asked to show examples of beautifully typeset documents in TeX & friends, what would you suggest? Preferably documents available online (I'm aware I could go to a bookstore and find many such documents called 'books'). Extra bonus for documents whose LaTeX source is available."
latex  typography  2015  stackexchange 
december 2016 by handcoding
How do you diagnose why a keyboard shortcut does not work? - Ask Different
(Yeah, it works, okay-ish, I guess.)
"There is app called KeyCue that will help you find the keyboard shortcuts in use by your system."
keycut  shortcuts  keyboard  stackexchange  2013 
november 2016 by handcoding
How to increase keyboard key repeat rate on OS X? - Ask Different
The defaults write bits for increasing the key-repeat speed:
"You can also change the preference keys directly:
defaults write -g InitialKeyRepeat -int 10 # normal minimum is 15 (225 ms)
defaults write -g KeyRepeat -int 1 # normal minimum is 2 (30 ms)

"The changes aren't applied until you log out and back in. KeyRepeat can't be set between 2 (30 ms) and 1 (15 ms) though.

"I also use KeyRemap4MacBook. I've set the repeat rates to 40 ms and the initial repeat rates to 150 ms."
mac  osx  stackexchange  keyboard  repeat  defaults  2014 
october 2016 by handcoding
Bluetooth audio problems on a MacBook - Ask Different
"My bluetooth audio over AptX was choppy, too. This fixed it for me:
defaults write "Apple Bitpool Min (editable)" 53

"Another great hint I found is to alt(option)-click the bluetooth icon on the top menu bar of os x: Then navigate to the bluetooth music device on that menu and it will show you the type of codec being used (atpX in my case)."
bluetooth  2013  stackexchange  audio 
october 2016 by handcoding
el capitan - keyboard not working within Apps - Ask Different
"After upgrading my Macbook Pro to El Capitan, my keyboard stops working from time to time, but within a particular App. The strange thing is the even though I can't type, I can still save and execute App shortcuts. Then the only way to make it work again is to close the App and open it again. This has happened me with Xcode, Textedit and TexShop."
elcapitan  osx  mac  2015  stackexchange  macos  keyboard 
september 2016 by handcoding
mac appstore - Being asked to log into a different account on Mac App Store? - Ask Different
(If the Mac App Store insists that you login to a different account to get updates:)
"To make the AppStore forget the old credentials with which an app was downloaded, remove the _MASReceipt directory in the app itself.

"To do this:
• Open Finder and navigate to Applications.
• Ctrl+Click the application and choose "Show Package Contents".
• Expand the Contents directory and click the _MASReceipt directory to select it.
• Type Command+Delete to delete the directory permanently---you will be prompted for your credentials since this is a protected file."
macappstore  2012  stackexchange  mac  osx 
july 2016 by handcoding
mac appstore - Mac app store doesn't show any updates - Ask Different
About the Mac App Store not showing updates:
"This is a known issue with the fix required of removing your main hard drive from indexing through the Privacy screen. You may have to add the main hard drive to privacy first, then remove it, then restart, and allow the hard drive to be indexed again."
macappstore  stackexchange  osx  mac  2016  spotlight  apps  software 
july 2016 by handcoding
mavericks - Is there a way to detect what program is stealing focus on my Mac? - Ask Different
On finding an app that’s stealing stealing focus in OS X:
"You can find the app that steals focus by saving the following code in a file and running it via python in a terminal."
osx  mac  focus  macos  software  stackexchange  python  shortcuts  2014 
june 2016 by handcoding
osx - Recent items menus have stopped working on my iMac - Ask Different
"Recently I noticed that on my iMac, running El Capitan, the Open Recent menu has stopped getting updated, both in the Apple menus, and for apps, and both for the Open Recent menu item, and the list that pops up from the Dock.

"I checked in System Preferences | General | Recent Items, and it is saying None. I have tried a number of times to reset it to 20, but it shows up as None when I get back in to System Preferences."
mac  osx  recentitems  2015  stackexchange  recent 
june 2016 by handcoding
display - Is there a way to control the clock speed of the GT 650M GPU in a Retina Macbook Pro from OS X? - Ask Different
"If you don't need to use the MBP screen while using the external monitor you can disable it using a small magnet.

"A small magnet placed on the left side of the MBP keyboard, more or less above where the SD card reader is placed, will make it think that the lid is closed. The GPU will need to do less work to drive just one screen (the external) and use less power, and with the lid still open the airflow will be beter.

"I use this on a 2011 MBP, other versions may need to have the magnet placed at different places for it to detect a closed lid. And if you try this, please use the smallest magnet available."
macbookpro  cooling  2013  stackexchange 
may 2016 by handcoding
temperature - How to keep your MacBook Pro cool (unibody) - Ask Different
It looks like running your MacBook Pro’s fans at a constant low temperature might help reduce overall noise?
“My fans are set to 3500 RPM and i never hear them, so that never bothered me."
macbookpro  fans  cooling  2011  stackexchange 
may 2016 by handcoding
Horizontal or Vertical stand for cooling a Macbook? - Ask Different
"Here is my 'Reverse V’ method [for keeping one’s MacBook Pro cool]

"1. Connect all cables (video) and close the lid.
2. Wake from external mouse/keyboard. This will force using only the external display.
3. Open the lid to about 20-40 degrees. Internal display will remain off. The Macbook will be in a "V" like shape.
4. Put it on the desktop in reversed "V" form on something soft. I recommend old polyurethane mouse pad or shaped polystyrene.”

Another commenter adds:
"On my four year old MacBook Pro - the internal temperatures and fan speeds are climbing and running it vertically rather than on a Griffin Elevator in clamshell mode. When my room temperature gets hot, vertical helps the fans stay at idle in clamshell mode."
macbookpro  stackexchange  cooling  2011  clamshell 
may 2016 by handcoding
Amazon Echo - Woofer above Tweeter in Speakers - Sound Design Stack Exchange
It looks like the Amazon Echo has a 2½″ woofer and a 2″ tweeter.
amazon  echo  stackexchange  audio  2015 
april 2016 by handcoding
everyday chemistry - Why can we smell copper? - Chemistry Stack Exchange
About the smell that you sometimes get when skin touches metal:
"Comparison of iron metal with other metals (copper, brass, zinc, etc.): When solid copper metal or brass (copper-zinc alloy) was contacted with the skin instead of iron, a similar metallic odor and GC-peak pattern of carbonyl hydrocarbons was produced […]"
skin  metal  stackexchange  copper  iron  bronze  2014 
march 2016 by handcoding
osx - Faster than cmd+Tab way for app switching? - Ask Different
This thread sort of offers some ideas on switching between apps more quickly (but it’s not the most promising answer, actually).
apps  switching  2014  mac  osx  stackexchange 
january 2016 by handcoding
osx - Enabling Scroll Bars In Mountain Lion? - Ask Different
"As well as being set globally, these Terminal commands can be used to change the scroll bars specifically per app.

defaults write AppleShowScrollBars -string Always "
mac  osx  scrollbars  2013  stackexchange 
november 2015 by handcoding
osx - Can I disable auto-correction of a single word on OS X? - Ask Different
This post goes over how you can whitelist certain words from being affected by OS X’s text correction.
osx  mac  2013  spelling  stackexchange 
november 2015 by handcoding
yosemite - Safari: How do you get page titles back? - Ask Different
Welp—this does't help much with Safari, but it goes over the Firefox pref to at least have the page title shown in Firefox.
firefox  prefs  title  2015  stackexchange 
october 2015 by handcoding
yosemite - Notification settings aren't being retained - Ask Different
It looks like this thread might have some insights about getting Notification Center to remember its settings between reboots.
notificationcenter  2014  mac  stackexchange  yosemite  osx 
october 2015 by handcoding
logo - When I create an arrow in Sketch and enlarge it, the tail bursts out of the arrow - Graphic Design Stack Exchange
"I've been creating an arrow in Sketch and whenever I adjust the Size property of the border, it decides to burst out the side of the < part of the arrow. Is there anyway to fix this, or am I messing with the wrong value?"
sketch  fireworks  2015  software  mac  arrows  stackexchange 
august 2015 by handcoding
website design - Which modern software is a decent successor / replacement for Fireworks? - Graphic Design Stack Exchange
It looks like Sketch might be a decent replacement for Fireworks: "I too have been a lifetime fan of Fireworks (their entire lifetime). Have you heard of Sketch? I can tell you that it's the only thing that comes close. (It's a perfect mashup of Illustrator and Fireworks, but SO MUCH closer to FW). Your transition should be seamless, and you will quickly be in love. Personally, I'll still use FW until it's technically impossible."
sketch  fireworks  software  mac  migration  2015  stackexchange 
august 2015 by handcoding
user - Should personal data be asked at the beginning or end of an online survey - User Experience
"Summary: Asking for personal information at the start may filter out people who are not serious about completing the survey (assuming they value their personal information and do not trust what you will do with it - i.e. they are not motivated to provide it)."
surveys  polls  2013  stackexchange 
february 2013 by handcoding
html - Change an input's HTML5 placeholder color with CSS - Stack Overflow
This page goes over the vendor-specific pseudo-classes to style placeholder text.
placeholder  forms  css  markup  2012  webkit  firefox  stackexchange 
october 2012 by handcoding

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